RAW Wins Award

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Local Race Series Directors awarded Unsung Hero Award

Tim and Kathleen Irving have been awarded Waltham’s Unsung Hero Award 2015 for their efforts coordinating the Race Around Waltham (RAW) Series.  The RAW Series began in 2012 with six local races and quickly grew to twelve events for the upcoming season.

RAW is the coordination of charitable road and trail races ranging from 3.1 to 4 miles, starting and finishing in Waltham, MA. Participants who run, walk or volunteer (any combination) in six of the races earn a Series shirt, and those who participate seven or more races earn a RAW Series jacket, plus other swag provide by Greater Boston Running Company and most importantly, city bragging rights.   The goal of the series is to promote a healthy lifestyle, increase participation in Waltham’s running events and cross promote local business and community involvement.   The 2015 RAW Series participating races are scheduled from March through November requiring a nine-month fitness commitment and can be found on its website at www.rawseries.org.

“We are honored to receive Waltham’s Unsung Hero Award and are grateful to our sponsors and city officials for making this crazy idea a reality. And we are especially grateful to everyone who laced up and showed up — those who set up, volunteered, ran, walked, cheered, picked up every last water bottle, and celebrated with us,” said Kathleen Irving.

“This Unsung Hero Award means so much to us because it is awarded outside of the running community.  It is recognition from the non-profit and business community that the original concept of coordinating these otherwise separate events benefits not only the running but the business community and the city,” said Tim Irving

The awards are sponsored by, The Waltham Lions Club, The Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, The Waltham News Tribune and The Waltham Community Access Corporation.   An Awards Dinner is scheduled for March 18th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at 404 Wyman Street in Waltham.   Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting Justin Barrett at 781.883.8350.


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